Strand 6: The Impact of Collective Worship
In a Church school Collective Worship should be inclusive, invitational and inspiring.
In this strand the inspector must explore:
- The ways in which collective worship is an expression of the school’s Christian vision.
In developing Collective Worship in a Church school, school leaders are advised to use these self-evaluation questions when completing the SIAMS SEF:
a) Offers the opportunity, without compulsion, to all pupils and adults to grow spiritually through experiences of prayer, stillness, worship and reflection.
b) Enables all pupils and adults to appreciate that Christians worship in different ways, for example using music, silence, story, prayer, reflection, the varied liturgical and other traditions of Anglican/Methodist worship, festivals and, where appropriate, the Eucharist.
c) Helps pupils and adults to appreciate the relevance of faith in today’s world, to encounter the teachings of Jesus and the Bible and to develop their understanding of the Christian belief in the trinitarian nature of God and its language
d) Enables pupils as well as adults to engage in the planning, leading and evaluation of collective worship in ways that lead to improving practice. Leaders of worship, including clergy, have access to regular training
e) Encourages local church community partnerships to support the school effectively in developing its provision for collective worship.
Recommended resources to support Collective Worship:
• LDBS Collective Worship Calendar 2019-20
• Margaret Cooling: More assemblies for primary schools: One book per term
• Roots and Fruits (https://www.imaginor.co.uk/roots-fruits/)
• Jack in the box worship (https://www.imaginor.co.uk/jack-box-worship/)
• Flippin’ Praise (http://www.cofesuffolk.org/)
• Margaret Cooling: Wisdom of Worship
• Margaret Cooling: Cracking assemblies
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating Worship:
• Collective Worship Planning Format 1a
• Collective Worship Planning Format 1b
• Collective Worship observation sheet for children
• Monitoring and evaluating Collective Worship
• Monitoring an act of worship
Prayers and Resources to Use at Home and in School with Reduced Numbers During Covid-19 Pandemic:
• Coronavirus prayer resources for children from the Church of England
• Forgiveness Prayer Activity
• Gratitude Prayer Activity
• Heartsmart Family
• Light In Our Darkness Prayer Activity
• Love One Another Prayer Activity
• New Life Prayer Activity
• Others First Prayer Activity
• Remembering Those In Need Prayer Activity
• Thank You Wall Prayer Activity
• A resource from Canterbury diocese that supports children in leading worship in their homes, accompanied by a book of Bible stories.
Prayer Spaces in Schools have created and are adapting some prayer activities for families to use at home or teachers to use in schools with their reduced numbers. https://www.prayerspacesinschools.com/resources/177 this is something that can easily be adapted for creative use at home but you will need to create a login to get to this.